The extremely bad school rating Highlands Elementary in Boise, Idaho has is from a 2016 facilities audit but the great news is, something is being done about it.  The school has been around for over 50 years and there will be no renovation or remodeling.  The entire school will be torn down and the kids moved into a brand new Highland Elementary which will be built as soon as possible.

According to KTVB about 80% of parents are in favor for constructing the new school and the decision was made after a lot of research and analysis of the following factors:

  • Educational Impact and Safety
  • Parent
  • Staff and neighbor preference
  • Budgetary constraints
  • At-Large patron preference
  • Preservation
  • Environmental and outdoor opportunities and limitations

This decision will cost money.  About 6,000 extra square feet must be added to the news school to meet educational and safety standards and there's a laundry list of other items and issues that'll make this decision tough to execute.  Tough but not impossible and the city of Boise is getting it done.  No longer will Highlands Elementary School be known as the 2nd worst school in Idaho.